David Beckham takes locals by surprise as helicopter touches down on Shropshire border - with PICTURES

By Nathan Rowden | Llanymynech | News | Published: | Last Updated:

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid superstar David Beckham took a small village on the Shropshire border by complete surprise when he turned up out of the blue on Friday.

David Beckham posted images on Instagram of his visit to the Pistyll Rhaeadr

It is not know exactly why he was in the area, but he did take in the beautiful sites of the Pistyll Rhaeadr in Powys, which he seemed to be quite taken with on Instagram, saying the waterfall was "ridiculously beautiful", in a post on Friday.

The former England captain was driven to Llanrhaeder FC's pitch, near Oswestry, with the club even sharing a joke that he had signed to play for the Spar Mid Wales League team.

He then met with shocked fans before boarding a helicopter parked on the pitch which had landed to fly him away.


Catrin Roberts, a nurse, said: "We saw the helicopter land on the local football field, so being inquisitive, we went to have a look.

"The two pilots stayed in the helicopter throughout, so we couldn't quiz them to why they were there.

"One of the locals eventually went up to ask, to be told 'we can't tell you'.

"So obviously, we all got a bit suspicious.Someone Googled the numbers on the helicopter and found that it was a private one, and then someone found out that Beckham was rumoured to be filming at our local famous Waterfall.


"We all got rather excited about this and thought we'd better stick around in case.

"Ten minutes later two blacked out vehicles turned up by the football field with various people coming out of them. Then I spotted Becks walking towards the football field with his baseball hat on and on his phone.

"He didn't really look at the crowds just straight to the helicopter, so I presumed he would fly straight off, but fair play, he came back out and stood there for about 15 minutes taking photos with all us locals.

"He was fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble. A real gent. I'm still buzzing."

But there were some fans who were left disappointed after missing seeing one of the most well known faces on the planet in Llanrhaeder-ym-Mochnant.

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Emma Lovatt said her Children were able to meet David Beckham on the football field as he got off the helicopter.

She said: "My children Callie, aged 8, and Kira, aged 16, met David. They said he was really lovely and made time for everyone who wanted a photo."

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Nathan Rowden

By Nathan Rowden

Senior news feature writer based at the Shropshire Star's head office in Telford. I like to get out, meet people and tell their stories.


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